The Young Hardworking Poor of Rural Bangladesh




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Published on Mar 16, 2008

The poor aren't lazy.

In this video I meet 30 kids who were forced to choose between either putting food on the table or getting an education. They are able to study part-time (for two hours each day) because local community members in this rural village pooled their money to form an informal school. The school teacher teaches these children English, Bengali, and Math all for a salary of $15 a month.

Part Two is Available Here:


For more information about what I'm doing in Bangladesh, check out my blog at:


In the video, one of the kids said he sells "paan". Here is some info on what that is:


By request, I am including a link for more information on Bangladesh:


Bangladesh is a small country with over 150 million people (half the population of the USA) in South Asia. It is not Mexico (!?).

About My Reaction to the Various Names: This video isn't scripted - those were my genuine reactions at the time. I still have problems pronouncing the various Muslim names in this country. The regional accent made it even harder to understand the names. One of the reasons I asked "You're Muslim and your name is Johnny?" is because Western/European names are usually common with the Christian community that lives in an adjacent town.

The music in this video (in order used) are:

"How Far" - Jamison Young

"Love" - The Umbrellas

"Goodbye to Spring" - Josh Woodward

"Thinking of You" - The Umbrellas

Music by Jamison Young and Josh Woodward are used under an in perpetuity Creative Commons attribution-only license. You can download their music for free at:

Jamison Young:

Josh Woodward:

Music by The Umbrellas is copyright of The Militia Group. Used with written permission.

This video is free for you to use and share under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-SA).


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